One of the last things any homeowner wants to think about is climbing up a ladder and cleaning the leaves, twigs, and other debris out of their gutters, but it is essential to protecting your home and saving money on repairs. Your home’s gutters control the rainwater flow and protect your house from damage to its foundation, walls, roof, and landscaping. Here are a few things you should know.
When Should Gutters Be Cleaned?
There are many factors to consider when determining the necessary frequency of gutter cleaning, but most experts agree that twice a year is a good rule of thumb. The best time to get the job done is when you are performing regular home maintenance in the spring and fall. If you have a lot of trees around your home, you will get a lot of leaves clogging the gutters in the fall, so it is best to clean them out after most of the trees are bare. Winter weather also tends to bring branches and twigs down onto your roof and into rain gutters, so spring is a great time to clean winter debris away.
Do Gutter Covers Work?
If you have considered using leaf guards, they are a great tool to keep your gutters from getting clogged, but they do require a little maintenance. It is a good practice to clean out your gutters every one to three years, even if your home is equipped with gutter covers. Experts recommend doing a visual inspection every year to determine whether cleaning is necessary. The higher the quality of the leaf guards, the less maintenance is typically necessary.
Whether you have gutter covers or not, it is often more convenient to hire a professional to clean your gutters than to do it yourself. It saves time, protects your safety, and ensures a quality job. If you are looking for a trusted roofing company to clean your gutters, reach out to Hadley Roofing today.